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Sunday Coverage | Scoggin Dickey NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem

The Red Line Oil NMCA Muscle Car Nationals action was fast and furious yesterday with plenty of racing and side-by-side jet-car exhibition action courtesy of Larsen Motorsports. NMCA officials reacted to potential weather and nixed a fourth round of qualifying to facilitate rolling straight into eliminators for all the series’ points classes. 
Meanwhile, competitors in the Dodge // Mopar HEMI Shootout and TorqStorm Superchargers True Street completed their three elimination runs as scheduled — with the latter class completing a 30-mile cruise before those runs — to send racers running closest in average to a wide range of elapsed-time categories. The eight quickest competitors from the Dodge // Mopar HEMI Shootout will race for modern Mopar bragging rights in the HHP Racing HEMI Quick 8 class today. 
Likewise, racers in the heads-up and index categories completed at least one round of eliminators on Saturday, so today’s racing will narrow those fields down and send the season’s first Red Line Oil NMCA Muscle Car Nationals champions to the Winner's Circle.
As always, stay tuned to this site and our social channels throughout the day for highlights of the action at Orlando Speed World.

Holding on to our youth is something many of us try to do. For Lake Mary, FL’s Mike Folda, his parents bought him a 1971 Camaro when he was 17, when the family lived in Connecticut. Folda regularly took the Camaro to Englishtown, running 12.00s with a built 406 small block and 4.88 gears. Unfortunately, Folda sold the car right before moving to Florida in 1994. In 2017, he turned back the clock, finding this 1971 Camaro RS with…you guessed it, a 406 small block. The small block is paired with a turbo 350 and a 10-bolt rear end with 3.73 gears. The car was in good shape when Folda bought it, but he added a new shifter, Boss wheels, Vintage Air and Wilwood brakes up front. He also repainted the engine compartment. Folda’s favorite part of the car is the 1970/1971 vintage license plate to match the Camaro’s year of manufacture. He bought the plate online, sent it to Tallahassee for the State of Florida’s blessing, and added the registration sticker to make it legal.                     

We spotted Mike Garofalo’s 1972 Nova during downtime between NMCA classes on the Orlando Speed World racing surface. The 60,000-mile Nova started life as a 307/automatic car, but these days it has a 1972-vintage 350 with a Muncie M21 four-speed paired with the original 10-bolt rear end with 3.73 gears. Garofalo grew up a Chevy guy, and his family still owns the 1974 Chevelle his mother bought new. As for the Nova, the engine has a little rumble thanks to an aftermarket cam of unknown origins, Vortec heads, an MSD ignition, Hooker headers, a Magnaflow exhaust, an Edelbrock Performer RPM intake and a Brawler 650 carburetor. The carburetor is something new he is trying on the car, but the current combo made 290 horsepower on a chassis dyno, which makes for a fun street car. The car’s paint isn’t original, but it’s close to the original color, which looks to be Cranberry red. The 14-inch wheels came off of a 1968 GTO, to which Garofalo added SS center caps and BFGoodrich Radial T/A treads. To help the Radial T/As gather traction, the Nova has traction bars and subframe connectors. 

Over in the car show area is where we found Tom Lodge’s 1970 AMC Javelin SST. The car’s 390 engine boasts 10.2:1 compression, ported heads, 1.6 roller rockers, a Comp solid roller cam, R4B intake manifold and a 750 carburetor. A Javelin SST is already a unique vehicle, but what makes Lodge’s example even more unique is that he adapted a GM 200R4 transmission with a 2,800 rpm stall converter to the 390 big block. Pairing that transmission to a Currie 9-inch rear end with 3.89 gears results in quick acceleration combined with overdrive comfort. Speaking of comfort, the SST has A/C, tilt steering wheel and disc brakes. The SST was a 3-year project finished in 2003, and Lodge keeps the streets warm, taking part in Hot Rod Power Tour on multiple occasions. 

After a 30-mile cruise, Torqstorm Superchargers True Street racers returned to Orlando Speed World Dragway to make three back-to-back passes down track, and when everything was said and done, Jeff Smith took the overall win with a 9.38 average in a Mustang Cobra, while Deneen Segura was the runner-up with a 9.73 average in a Mustang. Robert Reilly raced to the 10-second win in a Challenger, Alan Hill arrived at the 11-second win in a Mustang GT, Michael Vanzile motored to the 12-second win in an F150, Brett Veneman buckled in for the 13-second win, Mary Ann Mammen made it to the 14-second win in a Mustang Mach 1 and Ken Mason collected the 15-second win in a Mustang.

Though a change to fuel injection masked something curious in his induction system, Edelbrock Xtreme Street racer Bill Trovato reworked his heads and intake heading into this season. He also changed up the stator in his trans but blew the tires off earlier this weekend. It was then that he realized the new induction responded when he sprayed the nitrous and the car was more potent than he anticipated. Heading into today’s eliminations he planned on a conservative approach to ensure traction wasn’t an issue. 

Though she missed out on today’s HHP Racing HEMI Quick 8 because of a minor oil leak due to a bad bolt, Dodge // Mopar HEMI Shootout pilot Michelle Day was flying this weekend. Built up in the garage by her husband John, this Charger clicked off bottom-nines yesterday after he stayed up late dialing in the calibration with HP Tuners software. Capable of dipping into the eights if it had a cage, this modern Mopar still runs stock displacement with good rods and pistons, a stock blower with a small upper pulley, and a stock suspension. 

Drivers in Challengers, Demons and other models dove in for the Dodge // Mopar HEMI Shootout, and when it was all said and done, Thomas Falk emerged as the winner with a stout 8.79 average in his Challenger, while Scott Roegter was the runner-up with a 9.54 average in his Durango Hellcat. Others having a very successful weekend were Matt Martens, 9-second winner in a Challenger, Bryce Rohrs, 10-second winner in a Challenger, Joe Gomez, 11-second winner in a Challenger and Homero Lloro, 12-second winner in a Challenger, Cindie Scott, 13-second winner in a Durango SRT, Josie McClenaghan, 14-second winner in a Challenger and Brandon Barrett, 15-second winner in a Ram 3500. 

Indianapolis, IN’s Jody Beach traded cold temps for sunny Florida by competing in Nostalgia Muscle Car and Bracket 2 this weekend. Beach runs Beach Automotive back home, and as such, he did much of the mechanical work on the car, but he’s also owned the car since 1986, so we’re sure he’s touched every nut and bolt on the car. The car has a 385-inch small block Chevy using a 1968 block, a Scat forged crank, a Crane Cams Saturday Night Special cam, World Products Sportsman II heads, an Edelbrock intake, a Brawler carburetor and an MSD ignition. Myes Machine Shop did some machining on the crank, while Automotion straightened out the car’s 10-bolt 8.5-inch rear end featuring 4.56 gears. When Beach initially bought the Nova, he drove it all the country while he served in the Army, and even delivered pizza in it to earn extra money. These days, the Nova is retired from street duty, and Beach plans to hit every NMCA event in 2023.                

If you’re looking for a muscle car project, travel the back roads of North Carolina; you may just find a car ready to be brought back to life. That’s exactly how Belews Creek, NC’s David Horton found this 1965 Belvedere, nicknamed the Battling Belvedere. Horton found the car in 2013, and although the original 383 car was a pretty solid example, the car was still treated to a full restoration by Mark Dudley Performance in Walkertown, NC, who straightened out the body, applying fresh black paint in the process. After the fresh paint, Horton put the car back together for racing duty. Running Nostalgia Super Stock’s 10.75 index, Mark Dudley Performance also built the 440-based 500 cubic inch tall deck combination. The big inch Mopar has an Indy Cylinder Heads intake and heads with a Holley carburetor. Behind the big inch engine is a 727 Torqueflite with a Coan stall converter and a Dana 60 rear end. Horton wanted the car to look like it’s straight out of 1965, and all the race cars back at that time had names on the door or quarter panel, and he wanted that for the car. With Chrysler Super Stock leaf springs, American Racing Torque Thrust wheels and Mickey Thompson 29 ½ x 10 ½ slicks, the Belvedere has been a great car for Horton.

Dave Burnett brought out his daily driver to compete in the Dodge // Mopar HEMI Shootout. He picked up this 2019 Dodge Challenger 1320 a couple of years ago and has since spun the odometer beyond 55,000 miles. With a great track record racking up three wins in this class behind the wheel of his previous Challenger, this quicker ride has him in a more competitive space in the class. Planting the power with an AAD Drag Pack rear suspension and 17-inch beadlocks, he was gunning for the 12-second category, but narrowly missed out on the win.

Though it was hooking earlier in the weekend, James Noel’s classic Mustang had a bad bout of tire shake in qualifying, which distorted the tires and caused them to make contact with the rear fenders. Not only did it damage the wild paint job, but it sprayed bits of the tire all over. Noel hoped to move past that and put his 632-powered, nitrous-injected pony car in a successful spot in ARP Nitrous Pro Street, where he qualified in the ninth spot on the merits of a 5.75 at 115.84 mph, but fell to Joey Bucaro in round one of eliminations.

If you did a double-take seeing this name on the side of an Edelbrock Xtreme Street ride, you aren’t alone. We are used to seeing Glen Pushis run in Chevrolet Performance Stock. He still owns his familiar Camaro, but he was looking for a bigger challenge in a faster car. Pushis also wanted the learn the art of radial racing. He made the leap in this sinister machine. In his first time out with the car, Pushis qualified in the ninth spot thanks to a 4.72 at 152 mph rip propelled by a 772-cube big-block Chevy, but headed for the trailer after a clash with Bill Trovato in the first round of eliminations.

We caught up to Edelbrock Xtreme Street racer Tony Orts as he topped off the nitrous bottle for his ’68 Firebird. Sticking with the same short-block as last season, he did swap back to a previous intake because it made more torque. Orts, who might wrap his ride later in the season, says "it isn’t pretty, but pretty doesn’t make it fast." Hoping to get into the .50s this weekend, he was close to that in qualifying with a 4.60 at 149 mph. Orts bested Steven Wardlow to move on to the second round of competition today.

Jerry Hatch's Vitamin C needed a little TLC in the pits. The car’s water pump bolts loosened up causing a leak. With tighter bolts and some Stop Leak in the system, he was ready to rock. Hatch qualified in the 14th spot in Quick Fuel TecNostalgia Super Stock thanks to an 11.08 on an 11.00 index.

Here is Sunday’s schedule for the Scoggin Dickey Parts Center NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem Presented by Holbrook Racing Engines at Orlando Speed World Dragway.


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